John Stomberg, Director of the Hood Museum of Art, adds, “The new Hood is a place for active engagement. The art installations and programs are deeply connected to our ever-changing societies and cultures. The Hood will continue preserving the past and embracing the present but will aspire also to shape the future by choreographing vital encounters with important works of art. In short, the new Hood is a responsive museum, committed to the exchange of beliefs and ideas that characterize life today.”
Says Tod Williams from TWBTA: “We have worked closely with the team at the Hood Museum and Dartmouth College to design a progressive teaching museum while preserving many of the distinctive features of the Charles Moore building. The conversation throughout has been both pedagogical and architectural. The renovation of and addition to the existing Hood creates a complementary dialogue between old and new, extending the identity and functions of the institution well into the future.”
The impetus for the expansion was an increased demand from students and faculty to gain deeper access to the Hood’s collections through more and improved galleries and classrooms. The newly constructed building is seamlessly interwoven with the historic Moore structure and brings the entire museum up to today’s codes while updating the original galleries to new environmental and conservation standards.
The expansion increases the Hood’s exhibition space by 42 percent to 16,350 square feet, adds three classrooms with the latest object-study technology, and increases the total number of galleries from 10 to 16, with the addition of six new galleries. The expansion increases the Hood’s overall square footage by more than 50 percent, to 62,400 square feet. The project budget for the renovation and expansion is 50 million USD, which has been raised through private donations.
Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College
6 East Wheelock Street
Hanover, NH 03755